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Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)


Professor Robin Williams

Professor Emeritus in the School of Applied Social Sciences

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Books: authored

  • Williams, R & Johnson, P (2008). Genetic Policing: The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations. Willan Publishing.
  • Williams, R (2000). Making Identity Matter. York: sociologypress.

Books: edited

  • Fraser, J. & Williams, R. (2009). The Handbook of Forensic Science. Willan Publishing.

Books: sections

  • Williams, R. (2008). DNA databases and genomics research: forensic and military (ab)uses. In International Enyclopedia of Life Sciences. London: Wiley.
  • Williams, R. (2008). Entries on 'DNA Profiling' and on 'Fingerprints'. In Dictionary of Policing. Newburn, T. & Neyroud, P. Cullompton: Willan Publishing. pages 86 & 108.
  • Johnson, P. & Williams, R. (2008). European Securization and Bioemetric Identification: The Uses of Genetic Profiling (reprinted from Ann 1st Super Sanita 2007). In Biometrics: Techno-Legal Issues. Bhavani, M.N. Punjagutta: Icfai University Press.
  • Williams, R. (2008). Policing and Forensic Science. In Handbook of Policing. Newburn, T. Cullompton: Willan. 760-793.
  • Williams, R. (2007). The Problem of Dust: Forensic Investigation as Practical Action. In Orders of Ordinary Action. D. Francis & S. Hester London: Ashgate.
  • Williams, R. & Johnson, P. (2007). Trace Biometrics and Criminal Investigations. In Handbook of Criminal Investigation. Newburn, T., Williamsson, T. & Wright, A. Willan. 357-380.
  • Banks, S.J. & Williams, R. (2004). 'Old dilemmas, new contexts: ethical challenges for social welfare practitioners'. In Dilemmas for Human Services 2003: A post NPM World? Ethics and Risk in a Changing Environment. J. Radcliffe Stoke on Trent: University of Staffordshire. 119-123.

Edited works: journals

Journal papers: academic

  • Williams, R. (2010). Shaping Forensic Science Innovation. Science and Justice 50: 4-7.
  • Johnson, P. & Williams, R. (2007). European securitization and biometric identification: the uses of genetic profiling. Annals of the Italian National Institute of Health 43(1): 36-43.
  • Johnson, P & Williams, R (2007). Internationalising New Technologies of Crime Control: Forensic DNA Databasing and Datasharing in the European Union. Policing and Society 17: 103-118.
  • Haimes, E. & Williams, R. (2007). Sociology, Ethics, and the Priority of the Particular: learning from a case study of genetic deliberations. British Journal of Sociology 58: 457-476.
  • Williams, R. & Johnson, P. (2006). Inclusiveness, Effectiveness and Intrusiveness: Issues in the Developing Uses of DNA Profiling in Support of Criminal Investigations (Reprint of earlier version in special issue 'Symposium on DNA Fingerprinting and Civil Liberties'. The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 32(2): 234-248.
  • Banks, S. & Williams, R. (2005). Accounting for Ethical Difficulties in Social Welfare Work. British Journal of Social Work
  • Williams, R & Johnson, P (2005). Inclusiveness, Effectiveness and Intrusiveness: Issues in the Developing Uses of DNA Profiling in Support of Criminal Investigations. Journal of Law Medicine and Ethics 33(3): 545-558.
  • Williams, R & Johnson, P. (2004). Circuits of Surveillance. Surveillance and Society 2(1): 1-14.
  • Johnson, P. & Williams, R (2004). DNA and Crime Investigation: Scotland and the “UK National DNA Database'. Scottish Journal of Criminal Justice Studies 10: 71-84.
  • Johnson, P. & Williams, R (2004). Post-Conviction DNA Testing: The UK’s First Exoneration Case? Science and Justice 4: 77-82.
  • Williams, R & Johnson, P. (2004). Wonderment and Dread: Representations of DNA in Ethical Disputes about Forensic DNA Databases. New Genetics and Society 23(2): 205-223.
  • Johnson, P, Martin P & Williams, R. (2003). Genetics and forensics: a sociological history of the National DNA Database. Science Studies 16(2): 22-37.
  • Williams, R (2003). Residual Categories and Disciplinary Knowledge: Personal Identity in Sociological and Forensic Investigations. Symbolic Interaction 26(4): 515-529.

Reports: official

Short Works

  • Wilson, T. & Williams, R. (2008). Memorandum to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Sub Committee F (Home Affairs) in response to its inquiry into Interpol.